National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month, and throughout the year, all individuals and organizations are encouraged to play a role in making your community a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our community.

Child Abuse Prevention
Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional competence of children

Here are Some Tips to Help Keep Your Family Strong:Child Abuse Prevention

  1. Take time at the end of each day to connect with your children with a hug, a smile, a song, or a few minutes of listening and talking.
  2. Join a playgroup or online support group of parents with children at similar ages.
  3. Call “2-1-1” to find out about organizations that support families in your area.
  4. Provide regular routines, especially for young children. Make sure everyone who cares for your child is aware of your routines around mealtimes, naps, and bedtime.
  5. Talk with your children about how important feelings are.

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